Hormonal contraception produces sexual problems for women

A US survey of 3125 women recently compared sexual pleasure among those using hormonal contraceptives (pill, patch, ring or injection) and those using barrier methods or withdrawal.

Hormonal methods were associated with less arousal, fewer orgasms, difficulties with lubrication, decreased pleasure and decreased frequency of sex.

Oestrogen and progestin may interfere with the natural effects of testosterone, which aid female lubrication and sexual functioning, said lead researcher Nicole Smith from Indiana University, who presented her findings at the American Public Health Association conference last week.